Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era
Jeter will let A-Rod speak first ASSOCIATED PRESS
Yankees captain Derek Jeter plans to wait until teammate Alex Rodriguez addresses his latest off-the-field controversy before commenting on the matter.
The Miami New Times reported last week that Rodriguez bought human growth hormone and other performance-enhancing substances during 2009-12 from Biogenesis of America LLC, a now-closed anti-aging clinic in Coral Cables, near Rodriguez's offseason home.
The new public relations firm for the three-time AL MVP issued a statement denying the allegations.
"I don't comment on anyone until they speak first," Jeter said Monday. "Let him address his situation before I comment on it. Let him speak first and then we'll talk about that."
Rodriguez admitted four years ago that he used PEDs from 2001-03. He had hip surgery last month and is expected to be sidelined until after the All-Star break.
Jeter started his second week of workouts on a baseball field after breaking his left ankle last October. The 38-year-old fielded 55 grounders on the grass in front of the infield dirt at shortstop at the team's minor league complex. He also hit in a batting cage.
The 13-time All-Star expects to start in New York's opener against Boston on April 1. He plans to start running later this month at spring training.
A's deal for Lowrie: The Oakland Athletics have acquired infielder Jed Lowrie and right-hander Fernando Rodriguez from the Houston Astros for first baseman Chris Carter and two minor leaguers. Right-hander Brad Peacock and catcher Max Stassi also went to Houston.
Scherzer under contract: The Detroit Tigers have agreed to a one-year, $6,725,000 contract with right-hander Max Scherzer and avoided salary arbitration.
Hill to manage Rockies farm: Former Colorado Rockies first base coach Glenallen Hill will manage the organization's top farm team in Colorado Springs this season.